Monday, June 6, 2016

Filtered, by Leah Cypess

(Near-Future SF) Steve has written a very important article, but his boss won't agree to run it because the web content filters won't let it through. (5,424 words)

Rating: 3, Unremarkable

"Filtered," by appeared in the July 2016 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction, published June 2, 2016, by .

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Pro: Filters exist already, but this extrapolation of the ultimate evolution is amusing. It's particularly cute that turning them off didn't make that much difference, since people still only read what they wanted to read.

We never learn what the article was about, but that's because the real story is about Steve learning that his wife is what's really important to him.

Con: The relationship between Margie and Steve never quite gels. The conclusion, where he gives up his article to focus on his wife, doesn't quite feel convincing.

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